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Dealing with Seborrheic Dermatitis (Part 1)

**I tried really hard to take photos of the crusts and flakes, but it was almost impossible. I did the best I could .

The Definition of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects adults. It typically manifests as red, itchy patches or scales on areas rich in oil glands, such as the scalp, face, and upper chest. The exact cause is unknown, but factors like excessive sebum production, a yeast called Malassezia, and immune system abnormalities are believed to contribute to its development. Although seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious or life-threatening, it can cause discomfort and self-consciousness. Treatment options, including medicated shampoos, topical creams, and lifestyle changes, can help manage symptoms and provide relief.

Seborrheic Dermatitis VS Dandruff

Seborrheic Dermatitis vs Dandruff: Understanding the Differences

Seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff are both common scalp conditions that can cause flaking, itching, and irritation. However, there are a few key differences between the two:

  1. Severity and Location of Symptoms:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: This condition can occur on various parts of the body, including the scalp, face, ears, and upper chest. It often presents as red, inflamed areas with greasy or waxy scales.
    • Dandruff: Dandruff primarily affects the scalp, leading to the formation of white or yellowish flakes. It is usually less severe than seborrheic dermatitis and does not typically involve significant inflammation.
  2. Underlying Causes:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is still unknown, but several factors contribute to its development. Excessive sebum (oil) production, an overgrowth of a yeast called Malassezia, and abnormal immune system responses are believed to play a role.
    • Dandruff: Dandruff is generally caused by the overgrowth of Malassezia on the scalp. This yeast feeds on the natural oils produced by the scalp, leading to the shedding and flaking of skin cells.
  3. Associated Symptoms:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: In addition to flaking and itching, seborrheic dermatitis may cause redness, skin sensitivity, and a burning sensation in the affected areas. It can also lead to hair loss if the scalp is involved.
    • Dandruff: Dandruff primarily presents as visible flakes on the scalp. It may cause mild itching but generally does not lead to significant discomfort or other symptoms.
  4. Age Group Affected:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: This condition most commonly affects adults, although infants can also develop a form of seborrheic dermatitis known as cradle cap.
    • Dandruff: Dandruff can occur at any age, from childhood through adulthood.
  5. Management and Treatment:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis: Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis may involve medicated shampoos, topical creams, or lotions containing antifungal agents, steroids, or salicylic acid. Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding harsh soaps and minimizing stress, can also help manage symptoms.
    • Dandruff: Over-the-counter dandruff shampoos containing ingredients like zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole are often effective in reducing dandruff symptoms. Regularly washing and brushing the hair can also help control flaking.

Knowing this information made everything make a lot more sense. I was told my whole life that I had dandruff and I did truthfully believe it. I tried every treatment out there for dandruff and it always ended up making it worse. I also never realized that they were related, but I get it on my chest, arms, and eyebrows (along with my scalp). This has made me always exfoliate. I use a loofa every single time I shower and if I miss ONE shower withot exfoliating I have skin just naturally coming off of me. For some reason it took me a long time to realize that they were related.

Everything changed for me when I went to cosmetology school. We were taught how to do scalp treatments. Which we would part the hair and go all around and exfoliate the scalp with a scalp brush (the dollar tree calls it a teasing brush) and than after exfoliating the whole scalp we would go back in, put in the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, massage the scalp, and than rinse. Every time I did my scalp just felt absolutely amazing. One of my teachers was the reason I realized that I did not have dandruff.

Dry Scalp VS Seborrheic Dermatitis

Dry Scalp vs Seborrheic Dermatitis: Understanding the Differences

Dry scalp and seborrheic dermatitis are both common conditions that can affect the scalp, leading to itching, flaking, and discomfort. However, there are distinct differences between the two:

  1. Causes:

    • Dry Scalp: Dry scalp occurs when the skin on the scalp lacks sufficient moisture. This can be caused by various factors, including cold weather, excessive washing or use of harsh shampoos, and certain skin conditions.
    • Seborrheic Dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that involves the excess production of sebum (oil), an overgrowth of a yeast called Malassezia, and abnormal immune responses. The exact cause is still unknown.
  2. Symptoms:

    • Dry Scalp: The primary symptom of a dry scalp is itching, accompanied by small, white flakes. The flakes are dry and often easily dislodged.
    • Seborrheic Dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis typically presents as red, scaly patches or greasy, yellowish flakes on the scalp. It can also affect other body areas rich in oil glands, such as the face, ears, and upper chest. The scales are more significant and may be accompanied by inflammation and other skin-related symptoms.
  3. Distribution and Severity:

    • Dry Scalp: Dry scalp is usually limited to the scalp area and does not cause significant inflammation or discomfort. The flakes may be more noticeable in darker hair.
    • Seborrheic Dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis can extend beyond the scalp and may affect multiple areas of the body. It can lead to redness, inflammation, and considerable discomfort.
  4. Response to Treatment:

    • Dry Scalp: Dry scalp can generally be managed by moisturizing the scalp with gentle shampoos or conditioner treatments. Avoiding harsh hair products and maintaining a healthy hair care routine can also help alleviate symptoms.
    • Seborrheic Dermatitis: Seborrheic dermatitis often requires specific medicated shampoos, creams, or lotions containing antifungal agents, steroids, or salicylic acid. Lifestyle changes, such as stress reduction and avoiding harsh soaps, may also be recommended.

So the scalp treatments did in fact help me, but nothing else did. My hair does get greasy fast and I do not wash it every day. And it is my whole entire scalp that is COVERED. And see here is the thing, every single day I go through and take a metal come or something and i guess “scratch my scalp” but I never push down hard so I do not irritate my scalp even more. It is INSANE how much flakes come off my head. Every three minutes my little zoom in mirror is covered in flakes and I have to clean it off just to be able to see.

Now I did find out that apparently there is videos of people rubbing the flakes off their head or others heads and hell yeah I did watch a few of them. I am hooked on and there is something so satisfying about it. When I was in beauty school I took my time exfoliating the scalp with a brush (which is a similar concept) and the way that I go through my scalp every day, I shouldn’t have any flakes on my head. But I do, all over. I can see even just small ones falling on the mirror constantly, it is just strange.

Thick Seborrheic Dermatitis Crusts

Thick seborrheic dermatitis crusts on the scalp are a characteristic feature of the condition. These crusts, also known as scales or plaques, are the result of the excessive production of oil (sebum) on the scalp combined with the presence of a yeast called Malassezia. The exact reason why these crusts form and adhere to the scalp is not fully understood, but several factors contribute to their development.

Firstly, the overgrowth of Malassezia on the scalp causes an inflammatory response, leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells and sebum. The combination of these substances forms thick, greasy scales that appear as yellowish or whitish patches on the scalp.

Additionally, seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by abnormalities in the normal shedding process of the skin. Typically, the outermost layer of the skin is constantly renewing itself, shedding old cells and replacing them with new ones. In individuals with seborrheic dermatitis, this process is disrupted, causing the dead skin cells to accumulate, stick together, and form the thick crusts.

One of the reasons why these crusts cannot be easily picked off is their adherence to the scalp. The combination of sebum, dead skin cells, and the sticky nature of Malassezia contributes to their firm attachment. Moreover, attempting to remove the crusts forcefully can cause irritation, inflammation, and even damage to the underlying skin.

Now learning about these “crusts” made it all make sense and for me personally, made me know without a doubt what condition I have on my scalp. Now when I look at my scalp in a zoomed in mirror, I can see the crusts described above. I take a metal comb and try to pick it off and it is not coming out. If i rub it softly like little tiny flakes will come off – but the whole thing not so much.

I built this insane crust on my scalp after the last time I dyed my hair almost 2 years ago. My hair was flaking super bad when i went to rehab, one of my friens dyed my hair and after it was dyed, I didn’t have flakes in my hair for awhile. It didn’t get rid of the flakes though, it adhered them to scalp somehow. Like stated above and I have been stuck with them ever since. I just know it is there. And I am so tired of it, so this is why we are on part one of this Seborrheic Dermatitis journey,

It is a little hard to see because of the not the best quality, but you can see that it’sa thick crust, I did get some of the spots but it just looks like a crust, I couldn’t fid any realistic photos online so I figured I should share the photos of mine,

I think the treatment is working slowly but surely

So I am going to try everything that is out there over the counter and supposedly supposed to help.I am going from cheapest product to most expensive because if something cheaper will work well, than that is something I need to let the world know. So I started with the first product that I was going to try: which oddly enough, now I am not seeing it at Walmart online, and I literally JUST bought it. However, the Walgreens box looks exactly the same so I am going to list that. I got the conditioner to hopefully stop with any product build up, but if you’re like me and you want everything to match, its a good idea.

So it has been like 2-3 weeks since I started using this twice a week just like the bottle suggests. First I will guide you in how to do the T-Sal treatment yourself, than I’ll tell you what I noticed.

How to use the Generic T-Sal Shampoo

Using the Generic T-Sal Shampoo for Seborrheic Dermatitis: Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly with warm water.
  2. Take a dollop of the Generic T-Sal Shampoo and apply it to your scalp.
  3. Gently massage the shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips, focusing on the areas affected by seborrheic dermatitis and any crusts or scales.
  4. Leave the shampoo on your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the active ingredient, salicylic acid, to penetrate and exfoliate the skin effectively.
  5. Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water until all traces of the shampoo are removed.
  6. Follow with a moisturizing conditioner if desired, focusing on the lengths and ends of your hair.
  7. Repeat this process twice a week or as directed by your healthcare provider or the instructions on the shampoo bottle.

Remember, it is important to follow the instructions provided with the specific product you are using, as formulations and recommended usage may vary slightly. If you experience any irritation or discomfort while using the shampoo, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional for further guidance.

With regular use, the Generic T-Sal Shampoo can help to effectively manage symptoms associated with seborrheic dermatitis, such as itching, flaking, and the formation of crusts. However, individual results may vary, and it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.

My Thoughts (so far)

This is another photo that is a great example of the seborrheic dermatitis crusts on the scalp. It’s clear that it is a lo of build up like described above, hopefully you are able to see it as well.

Well my first reaction was that it stinks. I cannot stand the smell of the shampoo, HOWEVER, I didn’t really expect to love the smell of it. I have used it anyways because the goal is to get rid of these crusts on my scalp because they are driving me insane. Like, yes, it’s not super noticeable but I know its there and it is noticeable to me.

What I have also noticed, is it is not a magical treatment where the next time you look at your scalp the build up is gone. Now of course, it is going to vary from person to person because the amount of crust on the scalp will help determine how treatment will go. For me personally, I noticed that I was able to pick off some of the crust that I was not able to pick off before. And when I take my metal comb and rub the sections, there is always tiny flakes falling down.

Now I am curious, because I cannot detail exfoliate certain parts of my scalp. If you don’t know already, you know now that I have very thick hair and that is one main reason that it is so hard for me to exfoliate my whole scalp.

Now, I am going to keep on doing this treatment and what progress is made every week. If in the next 3 weeks everting stays the same, I am going to move on to the next product: The NON Generic T-Sal Shampoo. Now see to me the generic products majority of the time do work just as well. BUT there has been a few instances where the generic product was absolutely horrible, where I love the name brand product. So that is why I am going to buy it and see what happens and update you all.

So below is a slideshow of the photos I took to try to show what exactly seborrheic dermatitis is, and so you can see what I am dealing with. I am so addicted to trying to scrape off all the crusts, it is just insane. Some people like pimple popping videos……I like scalp scratching.

So if you are choosing to comment on one of my posts to be entered in the Startup Sweepstakes- I want to know: do you struggle with dandruff, dry scalp, or seborrheic dermatitis? Do you know any treatments for seborrheic dermatitis that worked for you or someone else? Fill me in, so when I do part 2 I can incorporate what the comments say.

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